Kesha opens up about her eating disorder: “They were surprised that I hadn’t had a stroke”

She hopes being honest about her anorexia and bulimia will help others.

By Erin Cook

The past year has been a difficult one for Kesha. Not only did the musician face a high-profile legal battle against Sony and producer Dr. Luke, she has also opened up about her stuggle with anorexia and bulimia.

Speaking at Refinery 29's 'Reclaiming the Internet' talk at SXSW, Kesha detailed how severe her eating disorder really was. "If you feel a certain way about yourself, your body — it can kill you," she said. "I almost died. I came closer than I ever knew."

"By the time I got to rehab, they were surprised that I hadn't had a stroke, because I wasn't consuming enough of anything. I used to never want to talk about it. I was so embarrassed. It still hurts when I talk about it. But now I feel like I really want to talk about it, because I want to help people."

When it comes to social media, Kesha now knows her limits. "The internet is not a healthy place for me. I limit myself on reading comments."

"There may have been so many positive ones but I always gravitate towards reading the negative ones. I realised I was making trolls and bullies the truth, making them my higher power. I have become a woman in a lot of ways, reclaiming my personal space, my body and my confidence. With online, it's important to reclaim that space too."

According to the Sydney Morning Herald, when she was quizzed about how she found the courage to get out of that dark place, she said, "I like being alive."

Stay strong, Kesha!